Life is short, you need to enjoy your tools!
In my humble opinion, Oliver Wood Working Machinery, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is simply the highest grade equipment ever made for woodworking. We invite you to tour our shop and collection of this wonderful line of equipment.
For original Oliver Machinery replacement parts contact: Rich Fink at Eagle Machinery & Repair www.eaglemachinery-repair.com
One of my favorite sites for Old Wood Working Machines is: www.owwm.com And the OWWM discussion forum is: www.owwm.org
Only a few machines in my shop are ever available for purchase, while the rest of them are my production machinery, and not for sale. If you are interested in a machine, please call Chuck @ 828-777-2429 for details.
The following machines are my production equipment and they are
not for sale, sorry.
My machines might be available at the estate sale when I’m gone, but my son likes them too, so no guarantees on that either.
Oliver Model #15-RD, 38″ Combination Resaw & Scroll saw, 1955 vintage. 10 HP direct drive, 570 RPM saw motor. Feeder Motor 2 HP, 2 Speed 1140/575 RPMs. Okay, this is the rarest bandsaw of them all; I looked for one of these for a long time and the first one I found didn’t work out. Then this beauty found me a few years ago. I think you can see from the photos how the whole resaw feeder swings out of the way on that giant hinge, for using as a scroll saw. What a tremendous design! One of the things that I love about this is the fact that both sides of my feeder rolls are powered and that’s a hard thing to get on any other feeder setup.
We were starting to strip her down for a complete restro and then I needed to put it back together to use for a millwork job. So in this photo she needs a new paint job, but we did tires, crowns and mechanical cleanup, and she is running so very well that I sort of hate to take it apart again. But fear not, we will get around to painting her someday!
Oliver #66-AC Patternmaker’s Heavy Gap Bed Lathe, 1950. Swing is 30″ w/gap closed and 48″ w/gap open. Between centers is 6’6″ w/gap closed and 8’6″ w/gap opened. Got this from a foundry up north that was going to scrap it! The lathe hasn’t been used at all for 17 years, and looks like it wasn’t used much before that. I also had somewhat of a rare opportunity to speak with the retired patternmaker that used this lathe, that was really cool. We replaced headstock bearings and converted to oil bath bearing while we were at it. What a great call that was- it was well worth the effort because nowit runs unbelievably smoothly! I am listening to my son and we are keeping this one for the big gun in our shop. Yes, that is a pen mandrel; he had to be the first to turn a pen on an Oliver #66.
Before and After – Oliver #159 Patternmaker’s Carriage Speed Lathe, 1942 vintage. This 12″ swing lathe has the very rare 7′ bed. It is a factory 7′ bed and we have never seen or heard about one that size before. With Olivers they were made one at a time so you never know what you will run into. This one is a venerable WWII vet that was sold to TInker Air Force base in Oklahoma City in 1942 to help defend this great country! This was my son’s first restoration in which he did most of the work himself (with a little motor help from daddy). It is now complete and beautiful an dis his go to lathe. Better pics coming soon!
Oliver #260-D Dual Arbor Table Saw, 1942. This was another WWII vet- this one came from the Hawaiian island of Oahu, and was probably at Pearl Harbor. I found it on the island of Maui. These are such cool saws- they can do about anything but especially nice for compound angle chair parts using the slider and the quadrant guage. We ususally leave a combo blade and a dado stack set up on this, I don’t like to change blades.
Oliver #191 Table Saw, 1937. Very heavy contractor’s type table saw. They must have had some burly contractors to move this from job to job, back in the day! It’s a sort of scarce machine and I’m glad to have it in our collec….er, inventory.
Oliver #299-D 24″ Planer with Insert Tooth Cutter Head, 1942. This WWII vet has a 7 1/2 HP motor. It was originally sold to the submarine base in Guam, and I found it in Maui. The Oliver ITCH (inserted tooth cutter head) is an awesome design, those boys in Grand Rapids had it together on thisone! I love the spiral head for difficult grain or tropical hardwoods. Fantastic planer design on a very small footprint for a 24″ planer!
Oliver #12-B 20″ 1956 Patternmaker’s Jointer with grinder. We are lucky to be the second owner of this 10 HP gem. I get a lot of e-mail about this machine for good reason- thanks for all the nice comments. This baby touches every piece of wood that goes through our shop. About 9′ bed length and 5′ roller extension make this a dream to use. The patternmaker’s feature on these #12’s a truly impressive design, what a sweet machine!
Oliver #92-D Power Feed Hollow Chisel Mortiser, 1956. I had searched for one of these for a long time. This is one of only two of my machines that I purchased already restored by someone else. The power feed on one of these will sure spoil the operator.
Rye (English) H2 Double Sot Mortiser. Serial 337, 1962. This and the matching Rye T2 Round End Tenoner are two of my very favorite machines! We use these a lot for furniture sized mortise and tenon joints. Ryes are impressive, high quality machines and very accurate.
Here is a shot of “Shaper Land” in my shop. I like shapers and I like to have dedicated machines for repetive operations. We put all the “little” shapers on mobile bases to be able to adapt toa wide variety of uses. We have one more Oliver shaper not in the photo, that is up on the mezzanine right now. I know; it;s a sickness, but I’m OK with that…
Oliver #288-T Double Spindle Shaper, 1958. This one is our shop’s “molder”, and we primarily make short runs of custom molding with it. The spindles are on 24″ centers and I love that nice big work surface.
Oliver #288-T Double Spindle Shaper, 1957. It is our biggest, and heaviest, shaper. This one has a Holz 6 roll power feeder mounted on it and we mostly use it for cabinet edge profiling. The spindles are on 30″ centers and I really love that nice big boy work surface.
Oliver #287-T Spindle Shaper, 1970. 5 HP, 1 1/4″ spindle. This one is set up with a Forest City 4 roll power feeder and we use it to run our “stick” cut for cabinet doors. This one stays set up for that all the time.
Oliver #287-T Spindle Shaper, 1965. 7 1/2 HP, 1 1/2″ spindle.This one has a 2 flat speed belt arrangement. Right now we have a Steff 6 roll power feeder mounted on it but mostly use this with our panel crafter for radius shaping.
Oliver #287-T Spindle Shaper, 40’s vintage. This one has a 2 speed V belt arrangement; high speed 6654, low speed 4600 RPMs. We have this one set up for our cabineet door “cope” nuts. We leave it set up for copes all the time and it is fitted with a Pahans sliding table jig. THis shaper found me from the Big Island of Hawaii.
Oliver #34-DD, Double 30″ Disk Sander. We had fun restoring this one in 2009, and she came out really nice. We even scored a correct vintage chain fall to complete what is now another one of my favorite machines. The photo doesn’t really do it justice, take my word for it.
Oliver #381-D Tilting Oscillating Spindle Sander, 2 Speed Motot, 1957. This is another that we are lucky to be the second owner of this machine. I got htis sander as a package deal with my jointer, the owner would not split them up. My #12 Jointer and this big spindle sander were in his “model shop”. That must have been some “model shop”, and I wish I could have seen it. This is THE one to have!
Dewalt GE Radial Arm Saw. This one has a 7 1/2 HP motor and is set up to swing a 20″ blade. I like the 7 1/2, it doesn’t slow down! A lot of shops don’t like to have these around anymore but I love mine, and find it extremely useful in a custom shop. I had a jump saw in this spot, but found it too limited in capacities for what I am doing. The key to these is that they are so versatile; I once had a job that had 71 degree cuts in 3 x 8s and we actually switched to a rip blade and the saw made that cut beautifully. Also great for timber framing details.
Oliver #217 30″ Band Saw, 1936 vintage. This was a restoration contract for a discerning collector, completed and delivered to the new owner in June of ’08. The photos above show the finished saw- the restoration turned out stunning! This saw graced the OWWM (Old Wood Working Machines) 2010 Calendar and was Miss October ;^)
Oliver #217-D 30″ Band Saw, 1941 vintage. This one was a stunning restoration for a discerning collector. This was a very fine saw to start a restoration with, it must have been loved it’s whole life. We did back to back restorations of two of these- that was a lot of fun.
Yates American Y36 Snowflake 36″ Band Saw, 1940. Fully restored and drop dead gorgeous! I enjoy seeing folks standing in front of this saw making cow eyes at it. THis has been called “The Nices Saw in America”!
Yates American Y-36″ Snowflake 36″ Band Saw. Nice older version saw with 4 digit serial number. No breaks or repairs to the snowflakes. New tires and crowns and comes with nice Lennox CT carbide tipped blade.
Yates American Y20 Snowflake 20″ Band Saw, 1938. What can you say about a snowflake? Life is short, you might as well enjoy the machines you work with. I like to have at least 3 band saws in my shop. We mostly use this for scroll work with a 1/4″ blade. How bout that uber rare original YA rip fence? Look close- you might never see another one.
Yates American Y20 Snowflake, 20″ Band Saw. Tilting Table and Foot Brake. Serial # B-13717, about 1939. Fantastic condition and very smooth running saw that looked like it had always been loved. This saw went to a great friend who loves it dearly!
SOLD! Yates American Y-20 Snowflake. 1942 vintage, unusual because the wheels and the snowflakes are cast iron rather than aluminum, like other Y-20’s I’ve seen. That must have been a WWII thing. Wow, what a smooth running saw! This saw went to a young dear friendof mine who will give it a great home and he will work with it for a long time. I’ll never forget, it was so neat to see how happy he was when he saw it for the first time.
Oliver #116-D Band Saw. This is a very nice 1953 model with a 690 RPM, 5 HP “pancake” motor; what a great motor design on these! That motor and the tapered shafts make a very smooth running saw. This one also has the uber cool target on the door. A really clean and ready to go saw. This one went to a great friend and is another saw that was so nice I probably should not have let it go. I need a bigger shop!
SOLD- Oliver Type B, 38″ Band Saw, 1907 vintage. This was my first large band saw and first very challenging restoration. I should get college credit for this one. I will always have a soft spot for type B’s.
SOLD- Oliver Model #20-B Pattern Makers’ Lathe, 1950 vintage. 20″ swing, 8′ bed, 2 speed, 2 HP Howell motor. A very interesting feature about this lathe is the offset carriage to get closer to the headstock. I have not seen another like that; uber cool! The lathe is in beautiful condition and still had all the original accessories except banjos. Came from a pattern shop that was started by the previous owner’s grandfather in 1913. It is in fantastic condition; the bed and carriage etchings are sharp as a razor! The 20″ outboard faceplate is indexed in 1 degree increments around the whole plate making a great way to index segments around a turning. Very, very nicely and professionally done.
If I had to have just one lathe in my shop, I would choose a #20-B because it is a great all-round size; big enough for most things but not too big for the majority of turning. More pics here: http://s187.photobucket.com/albums/x178/oldolivers/Oliver%2020-B%20Lathe%201950/
SOLD- Oliver #20-D Pattern Maker’s Lathe w/30″ Swing, 12′ Bed and Power Feeding Carriage. We just picked up this 1946 vintage lathe, and this is where the vision comes in; as I was unloading it I was not having trouble picturing it restored as our other 20-D in the photo above. Like I said, this is where I have to envision the machine restored, but this is often the condition of the machine that we have to start with. Don’t worry, it’ll be beautiful, you’ll love it!
SOLD- Oliver Model #159 Pattern Maker’s Carriage Speed Lathe, 50’s vintage. This 12″ swing lathe has a 6′ bed. These are great for spindle work, 3600 RPM top speed. This is one of my son’s lathes, and his reason for selling is he is raising money for his first truck. We’ve had lots of fun and exciting adventures all over the country collecting the accessories for the little lathes. COmes with the Oliver accesories in the photos including the uber rare outboard stand. Also has 2 banjos, set over tailstock super rare 36″ tool rest, 24″, 12″, 6″ and angle rest. Varieety of faceplates and centers also included.
SOLD- Oliver Model #56 Speed Lathe, 1926 vintage. We weren’t going to let this one go, but a dear friend had the vision for the restoration and he did a stunning job. I enjoyed being a part of the process and mentoring a very talented future restorationist. This 12″ swing lathe has an 8′ bed. I liked this lathe because it reminded me of a miniature #20, with the 4 step cone pulleys, and this one has an all original motor set up. Very cool! We will be doing a complete testro on this fine lathe soon.
SOLD- 1942 Oliver #66 Heavy Gap Pattern Maker’s Lathe. 8 1/2′ centers & 48″ swing with the gap open, pattern maker’s carriage and compound, rare auxiliary slide, 2 speed 5 HP motor for 16 speeds and comes with several rare Oliver accessories. Ready for a total restoration for a discerning collector. They don’t make ’em like this anymore, this will be a stunning machine! The curve of that casting will make an impressive lathe.
SOLD- Oliver Model #51 Speed Lathe. 4′ bed, oil bath bearings banjo, tailstock and some tooling. Lathe is 480 Volts 3 phase and comes with a really nifty 3 KVA step up/down transformer to run on 220. Transformer could also run other things as well and they are nice to have around. This is a smooth runner.
SOLD- Oliver Model #270-D Table Saw. Serial # 78473, 1952 vintage. Nice looking and running saw with 5 HP motor, extra wide extension table, micrometer fence, 1 miter gauge, original throat plate and wrenches.
SOLD- Oliver Model #144 Jointer, 1926. We have the original blade guard too, it was getting repaired when thisphoto was taken. Ground up restoration, freshly ground tables and super smooth running machine.
SOLD- Oliver Model #166-CD 16″ Jointer, 1943. This WWII vet came from a pattern shop, just the way you like ’em! Direct drive motor, nice tables and complete with fence and guard. Restoration has been started by previous owner; he started removing some paint. This will make a great machine for its new owner.
SOLD- Porter Model 300, 12″ Jointer. This is a great machine with a 4 knife head!!! It also has oil bath bearings, original guard and fence, updated electricals and a new extra set of M2 knives! She’s a beaut!
SOLD- Rye CT-4 Round End Tenoner. These are very cool machines for mitered cabinet door rails and furniture sized European tenons. These can do angled tenons especially well. Great machines, I have 4 of them and it is time to thin the herd.
SOLD- Maka DB 5 Horizontal Mortiser, comes with 118 Knives, Manual, and heavy duty custom made mobile base. The mortiser is currently wired 240 volts, 3 Phase. These are very cool machines that cut extremely clean mortises. Makas are high quality German built machines. The mortiser has original paint and looks really good. It has a very nice fence, compared to some I’ve seen, complete with stop rods for repetive cutting. It has 2 vertical pneumatic hold downs and 1 horizontal pneumatic holdover.
SOLD- Ekstrom Carlson Model #111 B Edge Sander. This 1965 vintage is in great condition. It is the larger of the 2 #111 models. It takes a 6″ x 101″ belt. The sander has the original factory base which is very cool. These are pretty scarce machines and I like them. Really great vintage sanders for a small shop.
SOLD- Master Oss Spindle Sander, Round Top. This little sweetie had her motor redone and is super smooth. Comes with 8 spindles and 3 throat plates! Doesn’t get much better than this. This is a single phase machine.